B.A. / M.P.S.

The Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society (MES), in cooperation with the Undergraduate Marine and Atmospheric Science Program, also offers a five-year B.A./M.P.S. Program in Marine Affairs. This program enables qualified students to earn a B.A. in Marine Affairs in four years with the opportunity to earn a Master of Professional Science (M.P.S). with only one additional year. 

Admission Requirements

Conditional acceptance to the M.P.S program is based on the student’s GPA at the end of their sophomore year. Students must then take GRE exams and apply for acceptance to the graduate program at Rosenstiel during their junior year.

  1. Underwater Archaeology applicants should refer to  Dr. Hanselmann's Underwater Archeology Track Guide

Accepting applications for Fall 2020 admissions:

  • July 25th, 2019 - July 20th, 2020 (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents)
  • July 25th, 2019 - June 1st, 2020 (International Applicants)

Accepting applications for Spring 2021 admissions:

  • Now until December 1st, 2020 (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents)
  • Now until November 1st, 2020 (International Applicants)

An application to the MPS program consists of the following (fall & spring admissions only):

If admission to the MPS program is granted, it will be contingent upon receipt of all items listed above (including official transcripts and test scores) and the following for international applicants:

Permanent Residents must provide a color copy of Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).

Previous graduate and undergraduate scholastic performance, work and volunteer experience, valid test scores (GRE, TOEFL/IELTS), and the letters of recommendation are all considered in evaluating an applicant.

Transcript from U.S. Academic Institutions:

Please make sure you possess the required undergraduate coursework and/or degree before applying. Official transcripts must be mailed or e-mailed directly from the relevant academic institution (Office of the Registrar) to the MPS office.  Our email is mps@rsmas.miami.edu; mailing address is available on the MPS website’s Contact Us page. If an applicant is not able to submit an unofficial transcript with his/her application, the applicant may submit unofficial transcripts via email to mps@rsmas.miami.edu. Unofficial transcripts are accepted for review purposes only, not for admission. If admission to the MPS program is granted, it will be contingent upon receipt of all official records. Please be advised, official transcripts will only be accepted if they are sent to us directly from the academic institution. Transcripts sent by you or issued to you (even if they are in a sealed envelope) are not considered official.

Transcripts from Non-U.S. Academic Institutions:                 

All graduate applicants who received degrees or are currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program from a college or university outside the United States (except applicants to Law* and Nursing**) must submit official transcripts and diplomas (if available) from all colleges and universities to an approved international credentialing agency. Applicants attending a non-U.S. institution for non-credit must also submit academic records to an approved evaluation agency.

Transcripts in a language other than English must be provided in that language and must be accompanied by a certified English translation.  International applicants must also submit a copy of his/her diploma in the official language of the country from which the degree was awarded and provide a certified English translation of the diploma. Submit these items to an approved international credentialing agency. Follow the specific instructions of the selected evaluation agency to request a course-by-course evaluation with degree equivalency and grade point average (GPA) calculation. Applicants must request that the evaluation report and copy of all the official documents used in the evaluation are sent directly from the approved evaluation agency to the MPS office mps@rsmas.miami.edu.

  • Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A), Inc, International Education Consultants, is the preferred evaluation vendor for international applicants to the University of Miami due to their competitive prices and high-quality service. Click here for more information including the Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials. 
  • Please note that international applicants are not required to use the services of JS&A. The international credential evaluation services of any approved vendor may be used. Click here to view a list of approved vendors.
  • Please be sure the vendor sends your evaluation directly to mps@rsmas.miami.edu.
  • Evaluation Fee - Applicants are responsible for the evaluation fee. Please note that failure to comply with these instructions may cause significant delays in the review and processing of your application, and therefore also significant delays in the processing of your I-20.

Letters of Recommendation:

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for admissions consideration. Each applicant must request letters of recommendation from three (3) different references using the guidelines provided in the online application. Applications from CollegeNet may be submitted without letters of recommendation. However, an applicant’s file will not be reviewed by Track Leaders until all required admissions materials (including letters of recommendation) are received by the MPS office. Upon completion of the application, your references will receive an e-mail from CollegeNet, requesting the online submission of the required documentation (questionnaire + letter of recommendation).

Academic references are ideal and highly preferred, but we will accept letters from employers and/or supervisors. Please do not request letters from friends, family, ministers, or coaches. If your references have trouble using the online submission portal, they may e-mail their letters (signed and on letterhead) to the MPS office at mps@rsmas.miami.edu. We cannot accept letters that are not signed. Letters sent by the applicant or forwarded to the MPS office by the applicant will not be accepted.


Due to COVID-19, the GRE requirement is suspended for Fall 2020 admissions only.

The MPS office must receive your official Graduate Record Examination test (GRE  http://www.ets.org/gre) scores directly from ETS. Please use institution code 7690 (department code) when submitting your request with ETS. This code indicates delivery of test scores to the RSMAS campus, home of the MPS office. 

A minimum, combined score of 297 (Verbal + Quantitative only) is required for admissions consideration. Applicants must also complete the Analytical Writing section of the GRE. However, the Analytical Writing score will not be calculated into your combined score, nor will it be used for tuition waiver eligibility. To learn about our merit-based partial tuition waivers, please visit our Financing Your Education page.

TOEFL/IELTS (for Non-native English Speakers):

To prove language proficiency, students must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

·       Paper Based TOEFL (PBT) - minimum score is 550

·       Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) - minimum score is 80

·       IELTS (Academic) - minimum score is 6.5

Please use institution code 2919 (no department code). This institution code is for the TOEFL only; please note that the GRE institution code is different (see above). 

If English is not your native language, the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if you hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an academic institution within the United States or from one of the following English-speaking countries:

·       Antigua and Barbuda

·       Australia

·       Bahamas

·       Barbados

·       Belize

·       Canada (except Quebec)

·       Dominica

·       Grenada

·       Guyana

·       Ireland

·       Jamaica

·       New Zealand

·       Kitts and Nevis

·       Lucia

·       Vincent and the Grenadines

·       Trinidad and Tobago

·       United Kingdom

Intensive English Program (IEP)

The University of Miami’s Division of Continuing and International Education offers a fully-accredited Intensive English Program (IEP) to prepare individuals to understand and use English in a variety of academic, professional, and personal situations. Some of the services that IEP offers graduate students include an international teaching assistant training course, customized classes, LL.M. Intensive English, and volunteer opportunities.

Personal Statement (statement of purpose):

Please indicate your track of choice, and all relevant field, lab, and work experience (past and present) in your personal statement. Include your academic and professional goals, and how you envision the MPS program contributing to those goals. We strongly encourage you to include information and/or links to relevant publications, organizations, research projects, supervisors, collaborators, project results, and your role in relation to this.  

MPS Mailing Address:

University of Miami
Rosenstiel School Campus, MPS Office, Room S/A 132
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

Email: mps@rsmas.miami.edu

Website: https://mps.rsmas.miami.edu/index.html 

Phone: (305) 421-4340

Fax: (305) 421-4246

Curriculum Requirements

Students must follow the curriculum corresponding to their respective track in the MPS program. A list of courses (required and elective) are listed on each track page of the MPS website.

BA IN MARINE AFFAIRS (120 credit hours)
Marine Affairs
MSC 111Introduction to Marine Science3
MSC 112Introduction to Marine Science Lab1
MSC 217Physical and Chemical Processes in Coastal Ecosystems3
MSC 2303
MSC 313Coastal Law3
or MSC 314 Ocean Law
MSC 3103
or MSC 340 Ocean Policy
MSC 345Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment3
MSC 460Spatial Applications in Marine Science3
Select 9 credit hours of approved electives in Marine Affairs 19
Other Required Courses
BIL 150General Biology 24
BIL 160Evolution and Biodiversity 24
CHM 121Principles of Chemistry 34
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
or ENG 106 English Composition II
ECO 211Principles of Microeconomics3
Select one of the following:3-4
The Earth System
Earth System History
Origin and Geology of the Galapagos Islands.
Select one of the following:3-4
Precalculus Mathematics II
Finite Mathematics
Introductory Calculus
Calculus Concepts with Foundations A
Calculus I
Calculus I
Select one of the following:3-4
Environmental Statistics
Computer Programming I
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Foundations of Computational Marine Science
Courses in approved minor15
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
Additional Electives35
See specific MPS track curriculum for course listing.
Total Credit Hours150-152

Sample Plan of Study

Students must follow the curriculum corresponding to their respective track in the MPS program. A list of courses (required and elective) are listed on each track page of the MPS website.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
MSC 111 Introduction to Marine Science 3
MSC 112 Introduction to Marine Science Lab 1
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
Minor Course #1 3
 Credit Hours17
BIL 150 General Biology 4
GSC 110 The Earth System 4
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
ECO 211 Principles of Microeconomics 3
 Credit Hours14
Sophomore Year
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
MSC 230 3
MSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
Minor Course #2 3
HUM Course #1 3
 Credit Hours16
MSC 217 Physical and Chemical Processes in Coastal Ecosystems 3
MSC Course 3
Minor Course #3 3
HUM Course #2 3
Elective #1 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
MSC 313 Coastal Law 3
MSC Course 3
Elective #2 3
Elective #3 3
HUM Course #3 3
 Credit Hours15
MSC 345 Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment 3
Minor Course #4 3
Elective #4 3
Elective #5 3
Elective #6 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
MSC 340 Ocean Policy 3
MSC Course 3
Minor Course #5 3
Elective #7 3
Elective #8 3
 Credit Hours15
MSC 460 Spatial Applications in Marine Science 3
Elective #9 3
Elective #10 3
Elective #11 3
Elective #12 2
 Credit Hours14
Year One
MPS Graduate Coursework 12-14
 Credit Hours12-14
MPS Graduate Coursework 12
 Credit Hours12
MPS Graduate Coursework 6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours151-153